EVENTS
MARTHA ROSLER: Housing. Social housing. The new standard in the new Poland
April 12, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Participants: Katarzyna Czarnota, Jakub Grzegorczyk, Jarosław Urbański, Dorota Grobelna

MARTHA ROSLER: Housing. Social housing. The new standard in the new Poland

April 12, 2014 at 5 p.m., Gallery 1
Participants: Katarzyna Czarnota, Jakub Grzegorczyk, Jarosław Urbański
Moderation: Dorota Grobelna
Free admission

The meeting is being held within the frames of Martha Rosler’s project/exhibition "Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland".



The lack of social housing or their often substandard conditions pose a serious social problem. Regardless, this is not a subject of public debate. The poorest of families are thus successively pushed or displaced to container settlements or have been living in barracks for generations, crumbling tenement buildings, labour hotels, or cottages. Once local authorities decide to build new housing, they are monitored and guarded by security guards.

During the meeting we would like to present regulations concerning social housing, the conditions governing these social settlements and bring forth the biographies of the people who have been evicted there. For this purpose, in March of this year, the Polish Association of Tenants conducted a special sociological survey and has recorded interviews with the tenants of social housing in Poznań. These studies are co-financed by the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, with the intention of their presentation on April 12th as part of Martha Rosler’s project.

In addition, the film "Container" by the group Kontrplan will be presented during the discussion along with Wojciech Duda’s and Rafał Jakubowicz’s "Melting Clocks Hotel". Also being shown is the work of Sebastian Kurdelski from the exhibition "KontenerART", which took place in Poznań in 2012, as a response to the construction of the social container ghetto by Poznań authorities and the lack of a strong voice of opposition to this action on the part of the local cultural environment. www.facebook.com/Joanna. Rajkowska.Pracownia.Wizytujaca.UAP



Katarzyna Czarnota – sociologist, social and political activist associated with Poznan’s Anarchist Federation, one of the founders and coordinators of the Polish Association of Tenants, between 2009-2013 she conducted research on container estates in Poland (the first such studies in Poland regarding the phenomenon of container social housing in the context of social segregation), co-creator of a documentary on container estates.

Jakub Grzegorczyk – union and tenant activist, since 2011 secretary of the National Commission of the Workers' Initiative (a Polish anarcho-syndycalist trade union), activist for the Warsaw Association of Tenants, has published, amongst others, in "Le Monde Diplomatique - Polish edition" and "Nowy Obywatel." Graduate from the Institute of Applied Social Sciences of the University of Warsaw.

Jarosław Urbański – sociologist, social and political activist associated with Poznan’s Rozbrat squat, member of the Polish Association of Tenants. Previously he was also an opposition activist. Author of the books: "Globalisation versus Local Conflicts" (2002), "Recovering a city. Arbitrary settlement, squatting and anachitecture" (2005), as well as numerous articles.

Dorota Grobelna – cultural historian, curator of public art projects, including the exhibition "KontenerART" which is the result of Joanna Rajkowska’s classes at the University of Arts in Poznań, involvement in tenant issues.

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Artists’ whose work will be shown in videos and a photographic work during the discussion:

KONTRPLAN – an independent film group founded in 2013. Through documentaries, Kontrplan seeks to give voice to those social groups that are usually devoid of it. The group depicts the reality of life and the daily struggle for survival that the residents of container units undergo, the cleaning of tenement buildings as well as economic migrants.

Rafał Jakubowicz – graduate of the Faculty of Artistic Education (1999) and the Faculty of Painting, Graphics and Sculpture (2000) from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań where he currently works as an assistant professor in charge of the Studio of Art in Social Space at the Faculty of Art Education. A lecturer since 2013 at The Department of Asian Studies (Section of Hebrew, Aramaic and Karaim Studies) of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) and the Polish Committee for the Artistic Community Workers' Initiative.

Wojciech Duda – a graduate of the Faculty of Painting, Graphics and Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan (1995). Since 1995, a lecturer at the University of Arts in Poznań, before the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. Member of the Polish Committee for the Artistic Community Workers' Initiative.

Sebastian Kurdelski – holds a bachelor’s degree (graduated in 2011) in Intermedia from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. Currently he is continuing his study of Intermedia in a master’s program. He implements his work by employing intermedia and photography. He is interested in languages​​, film techniques and technologies. Lives and works in Poznań.



"Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland"
is the new project developed by Martha Rosler for the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw focusing on life in contemporary Poland. Meetings, discussions, and performances will be held for the duration of the exhibition. Visitors are invited to participate in Town Hall-style public meetings facilitated by activists, educators, and experts. These discussions will address the following issues: Gender, or How to be a woman in the new Poland; Housing; Labour; Debt; How to be an artist in the new Poland; Environment and Industry; Migration; What should be placed inside the new Jewish museum?; and Should there Be a Polish colony on Mars? (Polish National Identity). The task at hand is to confront existing processes – including economic, cultural, and ideological – that shape social and political reality. The open space of the exhibition has the capacity to become a site of formulation of different answers, collective and individual, in the form of debates, lectures, informal counselling, and referrals.

 




Partners of the exhibition / project by Martha Rosler "Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland": Sofitel Warsaw Victoria, Epson  

CCA media patronage: Elle Decoration, Aktivist, Stolica, artinfo.pl, PURPOSE

 





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